Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'
A gauzy plant that is uplifting in a woodland garden or adding airy grace to a slightly gloomy border; excellent for wildlife gardens as bees and butterflies love it
- Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
- Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: slow to average
- Flowering period: June and July
- Flowers: rich lilac-purple
- Other features: leaves and flowers are good in flower arrangements
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Beautiful fluffy plumes of rich lilac-purple flowers with dark purple stamens are produced from June and July over attractive columbine-like foliage. The dainty blooms of this early flowering meadow rue provide an excellent contrast with larger flowered plants. Perfect for a border in partial shade, the stems need supporting with brushwood or garden canes.
- Garden care: Divide plants as new growth begins in spring though divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.
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Q:Thalictrum - Meadow Rue hardiness?
Hi there, My wife and I are new to plant selection so could do with your help before buying please. We are trying to add to an established garden, but want a low maintenance, grow back each year border area. Could you advise if Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'- Meadow Rue is suitable for growing in Cumbria? It attracted our attention whilst visiting RHS Rosemoor last summer,- I was thinking of planting it near an 8ft high N/West facing wall between other perennials for support if needed Any comments please? Thank youAsked on 1/4/2010 by Peter Brunton
A:Thanks for that Helen. I was mainly concerned if we were too far North for it to survive. If I was to order some plants for planting out, what time of the year? Could you advise please.
ThanksAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello There, It is difficult to tell you if a certain plant will grow in a particular garden in Cumbria, however these plants are fully hardy and will thrive in most fertile, moist soils in full sun or partial
shade. I'm sorry not to be more help, but it is a lovely plant. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Peter Brunton
A:Hello again, As it is fully hardy it can be planted out at any time of the year, but the best times are spring or autumn. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/6/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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